Internationally Acclaimed Artist Zhang Huan Unveils Permanent Sculpture at Living Shangri-La, Toronto

Sat May 5, 2012 4:05pm EDT

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    One of China's most influential contemporary artists, Zhang Huan,
unveiled a permanent public sculpture entitled Rising, at Living
Shangri-La, Toronto on Saturday, May 5th.

    The large-scale exterior sculpture, which measures 21.98 x 19.8 x 4.8
metres, will permanently reside at the University Avenue entrance to
Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto -- the second hotel in Canada for the
Asian-based luxury brand, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, which opens this

    Rising is Zhang Huan's first public art commission in Canada, and its
unveiling inaugurates the new 66-storey glass structure, Living
Shangri-La, Toronto. It was commissioned by the two developers of Living
Shangri-La, Toronto -- Vancouver-based Westbank and the Peterson Group --
with the assistance of the Art Gallery of Ontario. The AGO assisted in
identifying a world-class artist to create a site-specific work of art
for the building's exterior. After an extensive global search, the
selection committee unanimously chose Zhang Huan, captivated by his
unbridled imagination.

    Rising is a stainless-steel sculpture, comprised of countless peace
pigeons and twisted tree branches that resemble the body of a dragon. It
took the artist two years to complete in his Shanghai studio (2009 -
2011). Weighing 22 metric tons in total, Rising was shipped to Toronto in
five containers and assembled on-site.

    The monster-shape tree advocates the protection of ecology, and the
harmonious relationship between humans and nature. According to Zhang
Huan, "Rising represents my wish for beautiful city life to be shared by
mankind and nature."

    Significant public works of art created by Zhang Huan for important
cultural institutions worldwide, include Hehe Xiexie for the 2010
Shanghai Expo, Three-Legged Buddha, part of the permanent collection of
Storm King Art Center in New York, and Questioning Confucius for Tenuta
dell'Ornellaia in Italy.

    The unveiling of Rising coincides with the recognition of May as Asian
Heritage Month and the community was invited to join the artist for a
free ceremonial presentation at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5th.

    Following the unveiling, the public was invited to attend the opening of
"Zhang Huan: Ash Paintings and Memory Doors" at the Art Gallery of
Ontario from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Complimentary tickets for the
Saturday opening at the AGO were provided by the developers.

Living Shangri-La, Toronto
Jill Killeen

Andrea-Jo Wilson
News Officer, Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 403

Caitlin Coull
Manager, Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 364

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